For the last decade or so, stripped natural floors and laminates were the big thing in interior design and many homes still have this kind of flooring though it isn’t quite the hot fashion number that it once was. The problem with any trend like this is going back to fitted carpets can cost an arm and a leg and of course the stripping or fitting of laminate, particularly if you went to the expense of real wood replacement floors, will have been a big budget item in itself. Stripped or laminate floors are easy to maintain on a daily basis, just needing a sweep and an occasional damp mop, but they can be a little Spartan.
Warm up the kids’ rooms
Little ones do tend to spend a lot of time on the floor and although they don’t usually mind what the surface is as long as it takes crayon well, they would be much more comfortable with at most of the floor being covered with a large rug. Children can incorporate anything into their surroundings into their stories which run permanently in their head, so why not help out from the start with a scatter of rugs of different shapes, colours and textures in their bedroom or playroom? A nice green shaggy rug, natural rugs and a carpet runner will give them endless opportunity for imaginative play. You don’t have to get a large rug unless your room is very big but if the floor beneath is very slippery, you might think it safer to either use a non-slip spray or have a large natural rug under the ‘play’ rugs to make things a little safer if things get a bit hectic as they so often do.
Were your floors stripped professionally?
If the floors in your home were a DIY job, you may find that you have big gaps around the skirting boards and even between the floorboards. Caulking all the spaces is a very time-consuming task and many DIYers, intent on getting the latest look, simply didn’t bother. This can create howling draughts even in summer and some people have found gaps so big that pens, keys and money can easily drop through never to be seen again. Obviously the first thing to do in this situation is to fill the worst gaps as soon as possible, but if you are in a rented property, a large rug placed strategically can do a lot to improve the situation with no actual permanent work being done.
For many people, laminate flooring was a gift from heaven – easy-care and attractive, there seemed no downside. Until the major spill or (worse yet) a washing machine leak made all the edges lift and then the floor doesn’t look so great any more. You can cover the worst of the damage with a large rug, but the long and short is – don’t get your laminate floors wet! A damp cloth and a waxed mop for real wood is all it should need.